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New Post 4/25/2013 1:16 PM
User is offline Mike R
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proof that Enterprise Analysis workds 

I am a business analyst for a web development firm. I am putting together an argument for my company to formally adopt enterprise analysis in our process. Problem: I have no proof Enterprise Analysis works. Does anyone know any case studies where Enterprise Analysis performed by a BA according to the BABOK prescriptions actually works? Thank you.

 
New Post 4/26/2013 9:01 AM
User is offline Tony Markos
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Re: proof that Enterprise Analysis workds 

Hi:

I am an experienced enterprise analyst.   In a few words, what does the BABOK say are the primary tasks in doing an enterprise analysis?

 
New Post 4/29/2013 8:54 AM
User is offline Mike R
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Re: proof that Enterprise Analysis workds 

Here are the deliverables:

  • Business need
  • Required capabilities
  • Solution scope
  • Business case (This is the big one, the argument to proceed with the project or not)

Here are the activities needed to get those deliverables:

  • Describing and understanding the business need
  • Assessing capability gaps in the organization
  • Determining the most feasible business solution approach
  • Defining the resulting solution scope
  • Defining a business case for the proposed solution

 
New Post 4/30/2013 6:58 AM
User is offline Tony Markos
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Re: proof that Enterprise Analysis workds 

Mike:

If those are the primary activites that the BABOK says need to be done to perform an enterprise analysis, they are not telling it the way it is.   The major need in an enterprise analysis is coming up with an understanding of the essential manual and automated  processes required to achieve desired business goals and - most importantly - an understanding of how those processes interface together. 

AFTER what I mentioned is done, THEN, using what I mention, you can move on and do the activities that they talk about.  But, failure to talk about the FIRST thing that needs to be done is a huge mistake and I would really question what they are saying.

 
New Post 4/30/2013 11:26 AM
User is offline Mike R
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Re: proof that Enterprise Analysis workds 

Hi Tony

I appreciate your feedback. I think the BABOK assumes that the activities you describe are already in place via a separate process called Enterprise Architecture (which may or may not have involved a BA). My problem is finding proof that Enterprise Analysis *as described in the BABOK* works. Let me restate the BABOK's decription in my own short-hand: 

Enterprise Analysis is a prescribed process (details omitted here) of taking a project from its initiation to the point where it's handed to a Project Manager. Enterprise Analysis delivers an GO/NO-GO argument in the form of a Business Case (but also devliers other useful information like stakeholder analysis, busness requirements, organization capabilities, etc.).

The BABOK makes a big deal about Enterprise Analysis, and I'm personally willing to buy into it at this point. For me to bring change to my organization though, I simply need to present proof (testimony, case studues, etc.) that it works. Has anyone tried it? Thanks.

-Mike

 
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